The Hidden Gospel

August 11, 2012

The Hidden Gospel

     “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:   In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them” (II Corinthians 4:3-4).  The word “gospel” means good news.  It’s unfortunate when good news is hidden.  It should be something we want everyone to know about.

In II Kings 7:1-15 we read the thrilling story of those four lepers that made two wise decisions.  They were living just outside the city of Samaria. (Lepers had to be separated from the rest of the people.)  The city, at that time, was surrounded by the Syrian army.  People in the city were dying of starvation.  The lepers knew that it was just a question of time before they too would die.  These lepers said to themselves, “Why sit we here until we die?    If we say, we will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.”  That was their first wise decision.  When night fell they went down to the Syrian camp.  What a surprise it was to them to find that the camp had been abandoned.  The Bible says that God made the Syrian army hear what sounded to them like an approaching army.  They left everything and fled.  The lepers found that an abundance of food had been left behind.  They filled their empty stomachs.  Then they made the second wise decision.  One of them said “We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore come that we may go and tell the king’s household.”  We too should think “We do not well if we leave the gospel hidden.”

Satan has many ways of blinding people’s minds.  He is a great deceiver.  John 8:44 says “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”  He has many convinced that their entrance into heaven after death depends on the good deeds they have done.  They compare themselves with those around them and say to themselves, “I shouldn’t have anything to worry about.  I’m better than most of the people around me.”

Satan has access to our minds and many times we aren’t aware of it.  He puts thoughts in our minds.  Many people give him almost direct access to their minds by means of the television programs they watch, the radio programs they listen to and by what they read.  Indirectly he blinds people’s minds by making them think that it can’t be that the majority are deceived.  Therefore, they follow the course of this world.  “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2).

Just two small coins held in front of your eyes can blind you from the light of the sun.  Satan knows that.  Therefore he tempts people to put their eyes on the things of this world.  That way the light of the glorious gospel of Christ is diminished.   This way they  can’t see what the gospel can do for them.  Even the well being of those around them is less important.  Their own well being is all that matters

When the Apostle Paul wrote this letter to the Corinthian Christians, the gospel was still hidden to a great part of the world.  It was something new.  The message hadn’t gotten out very far.  Only the Jews and a few of the nations around Israel had heard the gospel.  Satan wanted to keep it that way.  However, thanks to God, the gospel message has reached to the ends of the earth.  Satan still hasn’t given up.

God uses his people to spread the gospel.  If it is to reach the jungles of Africa and South America, someone has to take it there.  Someone has to take it to the university campuses.  Someone has to take it to the population centers as well as the rural areas

Satan does all he can to hinder young men and women from hearing the call to go out as missionaries.  Because of the lack of missionaries the gospel remains hidden to many in this world.  If young people feel called, Satan puts people around them to discourage them.  Many times they are their own relatives and friends.  Even their Christian friends are often unwilling to help by praying and giving.

When there is a good church, with a vibrant Christian testimony, in an area Satan tempts some in that church to be a bad testimony.  People are quick to grab that as an excuse for not accepting Christ as their Savior.  Christian, by your bad testimony, you can hide the gospel from some.  Have you ever thought of that?

We need to be occupied in exposing what Satan is trying to hide.  The gospel is still hidden to people all around us.  By our prayers, our witness, and our giving we can make the gospel known.  What are you doing to take the gospel out of hiding?  Many are content to sit back and do nothing.  One of the reasons why God saved you is so he could use you to help others see their need of the glorious gospel of Christ.  Some day we will have to give an account to God for what we have done in this life.  Will God be able to say to you “Well done, thou good and faithful servant….enter thou into the joy of thy Lord?”(Matthew 25:21).

 

 

 

 

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